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When Twitter Helped 'Outdated' Chidambaram Find Coffee at 'Reasonable Prices' at Chennai Airport

In a Tweet this morning, Chidambaram wondered if he was "outdated" for not knowing so many people are buying coffee at Rs 180 a cup at the airport.

Poornima Murali | CNN-News18

Updated:March 25, 2018, 7:49 PM IST
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When Twitter Helped 'Outdated' Chidambaram Find Coffee at 'Reasonable Prices' at Chennai Airport
File photo of Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram. (PTI photo)
Chennai: Former Finance Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram got a political debate brewing on Twitter over a cup of coffee at the Chennai airport that he found to be exorbitantly priced.

In a tweet this morning, Chidambaram wondered if he was "outdated" for not knowing so many people are buying coffee at Rs 180 a cup at the airport. In another tweet, he asked his followers if he was right in declining a Rs 135-a-cup tea, which was barely more than hot water and a tea bag.

The barrage of responses varied from rebukes for not being aware of price inflation and trolls about his son's recent arrest by CBI. Amid all the criticism, Chidambaram got a helping hand from sympathetic Twitter user who pointed to a stall at the end of the departure terminal at "reasonable prices".

In a city that is famous for its filter coffee, prices of coffee could range between Rs 20 to Rs 30 at famous retaurants like Saravana Bhavan, Sangeeta and Madras Coffee House.

Coffee prices as high as Rs 180 at Chennai Airport may still come as a surprise to many.


At the Chennai airport, Sangeeta and Madras Coffee House charge Rs 40 and Rs 50 per coffee cup. But the tweet from the former finance minister, questioning the prices of beverages at the airport became one of the top trends on Twitter on Sunday, with many mocking Chidambaram.

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| Edited by: Ashutosh Tripathi
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